The 103rdannual meeting of the Potato Association of America will take place July 28 to Aug. 1 at the Delta Hotel in downtown Winnipeg, Man. It’s never been held in Manitoba before, and organizers are looking forward to hosting what’s considered the premier educational event for the North American potato industry.
“It’s the most academic type of potato meeting that we have, and it tends to be the event of the year in North America for potato researchers,” says Darin Gibson, who’s president of the Manitoba-based potato and vegetable research firm, Gaia Consulting Ltd., and a member of the organizing committee for the 2019 PAA annual meeting.
“It’s the first time it’s ever been here in the history of PAA which goes back over 100 years, so it’s a big deal for our industry and our province,” Gibson says. “I think it’s a real feather in the cap of the Manitoba potato industry to have it here.”
It’s hoped that more than 250 PAA members will attend this year’s meeting in Winnipeg. The PAA conference, which typically touches on a broad range of topics including plant breeding, crop protection, agronomy, and potato utilization and marketing, offers updates on the latest research developments as well as presentations from industry representatives. One of the feature events at this year’s meeting in Winnipeg is a symposium on Changes and Challenges in the Potato Marketing Sectors.